Education & Inspiration

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Cinematography of Inglourious Basterds

Analyzing the work of Robert Richardson

By Matthew Jeppsen | January 12, 2015

A week or so ago I posted a cinematography breakdown of Roger Deakins work in Prisoners. This week I'm sharing another one of Matt Scott's breakdowns, this one from the Tarantino film Inglourious Basterds.

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Surviving Your First Film Market

Surviving Your First Film Market

Dear Filmmaker: you really need to start learning about this end of the business.

By Arthur Vincie | January 11, 2015

In November I went to my very first American Film Market.  If you're a filmmaker or any kind of "content creator," you really need to start learning about this end of the business.  I'm still a neophyte, so this is less a definitive guide and more of a set of observations and tips that I picked up while there.

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A Little (Big) Avid Media Composer & Final Cut Pro X Trimming Demonstration

This is my contribution to a recent Twitter discussion about the joys of Dynamic Trimming

By Scott Simmons | January 09, 2015

Ever since the release of Final Cut Pro X there’s been a lot of discussion around FCPX’s trimming capabilities. They are quite strong with a very fluid way of trimming edits using the mouse, looping playback as well as some keyboard shortcuts. Users of Avid Media Composer have... Read More


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The Magic of Hard Links

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | January 06, 2015

What exactly are "hard links" anyway?

A better question might be "why are they useful?" - which is exactly what Sam Mestman shows Steve Martin from Ripple Training on this week's episode of MacBreak Studio.

Hard links allow the Finder to represent files on a... Read More


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Grading with Resolve

Side-by-Side Comparison Video

By Mark Spencer | January 05, 2015

My friend Gary Yost has been enjoying learning Resolve. He recently graded a short project I directed, shot, and edited for the Delfina Restaurant Group in San Francisco. Then, he made this great comparision video that shows the original shots next to the graded shots. I thought you... Read More


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Motion Graphics for Business - Part 1: Inspirational Films

20 years of films that have inspired motion graphics for the corporate market

By ChrisZwar | January 03, 2015

The New Year is traditionally a time for lists, and as many of the articles I published during 2014 reflected on the last 20 years of desktop video, I thought I’d wrap up the year with a list of films that have made a significant impact on motion... Read More


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Media Composer 101 - Advanced - Creating SD DVD’s from HD, 2K & 4K Projects part 1

Creating DVD screeners is trickier than it seems in Media Composer, unless you think things through first!

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | January 01, 2015

In this week's Media Composer 101 tutorial, Kevin P McAuliffe will show you how to create SD screening DVD's from HD, 2K, 4K and UHD projects.  If you don't think through what you're doing, you could run into trouble quicker than you think.

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The Cinematography of Prisoners

Analyzing Deakins masterful frames

By Matthew Jeppsen | January 01, 2015

Prisoners was a tense, dramatic movie. I remember being almost exhausted after watching the film for the first time. But as I mulled it over in the following days, I was struck by how subtly powerful the cinematography was. Never did it call attention to itself, but almost every frame was polished and cleanly executed. Roger Deakins is a master at naturalistic lighting, and his skill really shows in this film. 

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Master the Art of 4K Editing in Avid Media Composer

Lesson 1: Setting Up 4K Projects

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | December 31, 2014

4K is all the rage now, whether you're actually editing projects in 4K or not, is another question, but having the tools at your disposal is essential, so when you get that call from your client, you're all set to go!

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REVIEW - Genarts Sapphire 8

One of the leaders in effects is back, but is version 8 worth your time and money?

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | December 30, 2014

I know a lot of people in the industry, both users and developers alike.  I know almost the entire teams at Boris FX, Coremelt, Digital Anarchy, Rampant Design Tools, Imagineer Systems, and many others, but I’ll be honest.  I’ve always found Genarts to be a glass ceiling... Read More


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Here are Simple Methods to Help You Start Your Film Project in 2015!

By Bobby Marko | December 30, 2014

So you have an idea for a project you'd like to kick off in 2015 - it could be a short film, feature film, documentary, animation, anything in which you will need time, money and resources. But there is this seemingly invisible wall that stands in your way of starting. No matter which way... Read More


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After Effects and Premiere Pro in 2014

A few highlights

By Rich Young | December 29, 2014

2014 was only a slightly slower year in feature releases, with After Effects development underway that one might assume will help speed work within the app in 2015. In January 2014, the AE team hinted that performance, workflow, and improved creative capability was the main focus behind the scenes, which is great with 4K gaining steam. Performance in Premiere Pro was addressed several years ago and the emphasis now is more on usability and workflow. Read More


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Fast Title Changes in Final Cut Pro X

This Week on Under 5

By Mark Spencer | December 22, 2014

On this week's Final Cut Pro X Under 5, Steve Martin from Ripple Training shows us how powerful the Timeline Index can be when it comes to modifying titles. If you've been navigating to titles by scrolling along the timeline, you won't want to miss this tip.

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Wrapping Text Around an Object

On This Week's Motion Magic

By Mark Spencer | December 22, 2014

Motion's text formatting, styling, and animating capabilties are deep - and when combined with Motion's realtime playback engine, creating text-based animations is downright addictive.

This week on Motion Magic, I show you how you can wrap text around an object in 3D... Read More


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Media Composer 101 - Lesson 8 - What’s new in v 8.3

Let's take a look at the new features in the new Media Composer 8.3 update

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | December 20, 2014

The newest update to Avid Media Composer gives us access to higher than HD resolution(s), a new codec (DNxHR), and a few other bells and whistles that you'll definitely want to check out!

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Networking, Establishing Skills and Staying Inspired

Networking, Establishing Skills and Staying Inspired

Advice From A Motion Designer

By Dorian Heller | December 20, 2014

Developing your skills as a motion designer is a vital part of becoming a successful artist in the field. However, in the industry it takes more than just technical merit to be an expert.

Experience and the Value of Networking

I started looking out to my local Seattle community of... Read More


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Media Composer 101 - Lesson 7 - Settings Part 1

Your settings are what are going to keep you editing at top speed!

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | December 18, 2014

You settings are exceptionally important inside of Media Composer.  They are what are going to give you access to all the bells and whistles that will make the difference between a slow edit and unhappy client, to a fast edit, and an exstatic client!

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Linking Animations in Motion

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | December 17, 2014

The Link behavior in Motion is a powerful way of animating one one object with another.

This week on MacBreak Studio, I show Steve Martin from Ripple Training one way to use the Link behavior to create a wheel and piston animation similar to a steam locomotive.

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Ten Commandments of Making

Sage advice from maker Adam Savage

By Matthew Jeppsen | December 15, 2014

At the 2014 Maker Faire, mythbuster and creative Adam Savage spent some time talking about what it takes to be a Maker. He kicked off his talk by defining what he calls his Ten Commandments of Making. Maker Faire tends to have a craftsperson appeal, but what struck me was how well Adam's ten principles translated to the film & video industry. Here are Adam's Ten Commandments, paraphrased and expanded for creatives in production.

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Let It Snow!

Creating Snow Effects in Motion

By Mark Spencer | December 15, 2014


Motion Magic is a weekly series of short tips from Ripple Training for how to do something useful in Apple Motion. This week, I show you how to add snow to a scene by starting with a preset particle emitter and then modifying it to make it come to life. Particle emitters are one... Read More